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Homeowner fights off intruder with baseball bat

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LAKE MONTEZUMA, Ariz. -

A northern Arizona couple, about to go to sleep, hears a bump in the night. They were then forced to defend their home against an intruder armed with a knife.

This husband and father of two lives in a bedroom community in Lake Montezuma. On Friday night, he was walking his dogs when he noticed a man who he'd never seen before in the neighborhood. Later that night, the same man broke into his home.

911 caller: "I have someone in my house. Please get somebody here, he's attacked my husband."

"My heart was racing, I could hear it in my ears like a bass drum," says Michael Kelly-Coplin.

A Lake Montezuma couple was caught off guard by an intruder Friday around midnight.

"He rang the doorbell. And so knowing what I saw earlier, I stepped back and I told my wife, stand still, don't do anything."

Deputies say 32-year-old Shane Cox was the man at the door.

"The suspect opened the front door, for two seconds, and we heard him rustling around next to our bedroom window. He popped the screen off."

The house was pitch black, but Michael Kelly-Coplin, a local firefighter, scrambled into his daughter's bedroom where he had hidden a baseball bat.

"When he stepped towards my wife, I stepped out in the hallway and did quick overhand swing with the bat. I dropped the bat immediately, I only hit him once, threw him into a headlock and wrestled him down to the ground."

By then, Kelly-Coplin's wife called 911.

911 caller: "He's bleeding. The guy is bleeding who is in our house!"

The homeowner brought the bat down on the intruder's head. His blood splattered on their hardwood floor.

"I've got it in me to defend my family, I knew I had in under control, I didn't want to kill anyone."

Kelly-Coplin disarmed the man, who was carrying a 4-inch knife. He says he did not want to severely injure the man, he just wanted to slow him down. Cox apparently needed stitches in his skull.

The investigation is ongoing.

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